Boticca, marketplace for fashion accessories with a story, launches Watsi partnership

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We love Boticca. Not only because their CEO, Kiyan, was one of Watsi’s earliest advisors, but because they believe in the power of stories.

Boticca is a global marketplace that allows you to connect with independent designers of fashion accessories around the world, discover their stories, and shop directly from their studios.

Today, Boticca is officially joining our team and launching a partnership with Watsi where they’ll donate 0.5% of every purchase to fund life-changing healthcare for patients.

The holidays are coming soon, so consider buying a beautiful piece with a global story and supporting global healthcare while you’re at it on Boticca.

Amplitude + Watsi

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Starting today until October 17th, our friends at Amplitude are donating half of their revenue from each new customer to Watsi patients like Hamsi, who needs $1,160 so he can walk normally. Customers get to choose the patients they want to support and receive post-treatment updates.

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Amplitude is a YC-backed mobile analytics platform. Learn more and help them reach their goal of raising $10,000 for Watsi patients here!

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for patients

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been amazed by Poonam and Rupal, two friends who are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to support Watsi patients.

Poonam and Rupal set up a personalized campaign page on Watsi, and so far, their friends and family have raised $600 to fund life-changing healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.

Thanks for spreading the health on Watsi, Poonam and Rupal. You’re making an enormous impact and our entire team is rooting for you!

To support Poonam and Rupal’s campaign for Watsi patients, donate to a patient on their personalized Watsi page.

Meet our new Volunteer Engagement Intern, Carly!

Carly is a California native who loves cats, cheese and shameless dancing. She recently graduated from UCLA and now works at Oakland Children’s Hospital. There is nothing she loves more than bringing people together to do amazing things and she is so excited to join the volunteer team at Watsi! 

Learn more about our volunteer program and meet the rest of our volunteer team!

Fighting stunting in rural Guatemala

Dr. Peter Rohloff of Watsi partner Wuqu’ Kawoq on why we need your support to win.

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Yoli Xuyu, a Wuqu’ Kawoq nutrition educator, conducts an in-home assessment of a stunted child. 

What’s stunting?

Stunting is the most common form of child malnutrition in the world, affecting more than 150 million children. 

How do do you treat it?

Treating stunting requires a lot of really intense personalized work with the affected child and the parents. This work, while effective, is often too expensive for public health systems to take on.

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Jose Cali and German Obispo, two of Wuqu’ Kawoq’s health staff, review growth charts in a rural community.

If I fund a stunting profile on Watsi, what can I expect?

Over the last 6 months Watsi and Wuqu’ Kawoq have documented positive effects of treatment on 50 funded cases. On average, a malnourished child like Edwin funded by Watsi donors will gain several centimeters of previously lost height. This will be accompanied by changes in development, such as a child who was delayed in walking or talking beginning to catch up on those milestones. Parents will report improved appetite and energy. Stunted children are very vulnerable to severe acute infections, like diarrhea or respiratory illnesses, and these problems go away with treatment.

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Guatemala has one of the highest rates of stunting in the world. We can help change that.

Support a Wuqu’ Kawoq patient on Watsi today.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Michaela!

“Last year, I spent two months volunteering in South Africa at a primary school in an underprivileged farming community. It was a life-changing trip,” says Michaela, a storytelling volunteer at Watsi. “ After coming back home, I felt the need to expand my world and give back. Watsi is the perfect opportunity for me to do that.”

Michaela has been volunteering with Watsi since July. Besides telling patient stories, she likes to travel, try new restaurants, and train for half marathons.

“One story that was especially moving to me was of Dayana, an 11-year-old girl from Guatemala, who had just recovered from cancer by amputating her leg, which had a cancerous growth on it. Although very happy to have beaten cancer, she now needs a prosthetic leg so she can walk without crutches and go to school without the kids teasing her. More than just a leg itself, it would give her the confidence and independence she needs to go back to school and live her life as a normal child.”

Her favorite quote: “There is no passion to be found in playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” - Nelson Mandela 

Find out more about our volunteer program here!

Meet Jeremy!

Jeremy is a California native who’s surfed on three continents. He comes to Watsi from Microsoft, where he worked on Windows for three years and summited four out of five major volcanoes in Washington. Jeremy studied math and computer science at Princeton.

Watsi turned two!

Read stories from our first two years and find out how we’re celebrating our second birthday.

Visit the blog!

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Maithri!

Meet Maithri! She volunteers as a content editor, helping to tell Watsi patient stories, from Atlanta, Georgia. 

Each and every story which I get to be involved in is so compelling to me,” she says. “I think it’s always most rewarding to have been involved with both the storytelling of a patient as well as being able to provide donors who fund the patient’s treatment with an update. I was most recently able to do this for Luis, the gentleman from Guatemala who was able to have custom-made prosthetics for both arms after a work accident. Seeing that his treatment was fully funded and successful made my day.”

On the future of healthcare: “I stand by my fellow millennials in hoping that health care systems around the world become more about health and less about sickness, that they are simple, and that they are accessible to everyone. If we can stand by those three things - health, simplicity, access - for the future, there’s reason to be optimistic. “

Get involved with our writing team here!

 

Medisico is supporting Watsi patients with each sale!

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We’re excited to introduce a new supporter of Watsi patients, Medisico. A London-based life sciences business, in the last two weeks alone Medisico has donated $11,789 to fund healthcare for 40 patients in 9 countries.

Medisico’s founder, Stephen Soos, writes:

From inception this company has been built on the new paradigm of giving, and creating more value in the world than it receives. Watsi allows us to reach out directly and instantly to positively touch the lives of the patients featured on this magnificent portal.

Medisico is all about patient outcomes. We develop life enhancing treatments and deliver these treatments direct to patients. Watsi means that we can extend that reach and use our income to make people well and save lives.

In the first week on Watsi we were able to contribute to or fully fund operations that literally saved the lives of a number of children. There can be no more a noble reason to be in business and we are grateful for the team behind Watsi for enabling our business to make this world just that little bit better.

I invite you to join us and watch your contribution, no matter how big or how small, give a fellow human the gift of life. That’s power.

It’s great to see companies looking to do good as they do well. To participate in Medisico’s campaign to fund life-changing healthcare for patients around the world, visit their page on Watsi.